The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released $12.26 million in grants to 32 states for their efforts to provide recreational boaters with additional sewage pumpout facilities.

The grants assist state programs for both inland and coastal waters and are awarded through the Services Clean Vessel Act grant program. The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund-- supported by excise taxes paid on certain fishing equipment and boat fuels taxes--funds the program.

The Clean Vessel Act grant program helps states ensure proper disposal of millions of gallons of boater waste. For example, the program provided for the proper disposal of three million gallons of sewage from Massachusetts last summer alone. Since the early 1990s, the program has awarded more than $120 million to states for their Clean Vessel Act programs.

A summary of the awards and recipients include:

Alabama- $255,604- The state plans to install twenty-four sewage pumpout stations and purchase two sewage pumpout boats for its inland and coastal waters. These facilities and boats are planned for use on areas such as the Dog River, Mobile Bay, Wheeler Lake and Lake Martin. In addition, the state plans to continue its efforts to inform boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Arkansas- $79,600- The state plans to install four new sewage pumpout facilities and purchase three sewage pumpout boats. These facilities are planned for Greers Ferry Lake, Table Rock Lake, Lake Ouachita, Bull Shoals Lake, and Lake Norfork. In addition, the state will continue with its efforts to inform boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Arizona- $105,683 The state will renovate the one public pumpout station on Lake Havasu and install a new pumpout facility at Lake Pleasant.

California- $1,383,895- The state plans to construct sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, as well as purchase four sewage pumpout boats with its program awards. These facilities and boats are planned throughout the state in its inland and coastal waters. The state will also continue its educational program for recreational boaters.

Connecticut- $988,652- The state plans to construct two sewage pumpout stations and purchase two sewage pumpout boats. In addition, the state will continue its education program for recreational boaters and also assist with the operation and maintenance of approximately 40 sewage pumpout facilities and 15 sewage pumpout boats throughout the states coastal areas.

Delaware- $157,700- The state plans to construct six sewage pumpout stations for the coastal areas and to continue its education program for recreational boaters.

Georgia- $27,969-The state plans to assist with the development of a sewage pumpout facility at Trade Winds marina on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Florida- $1,335,570- The state plans to construct sewage pumpout facilities in both its coastal and inland waters, as well as continuing its education program to inform boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal. The majority of the award ($1,000,000) will be used in the states coastal waters.

Hawaii- $1,000,000- The state plans to develop sewage pumpout facilities at Port Allen and Maalaea Small Boat Harbors and to continue its educational program for recreational boaters.

Idaho-$49,851- The state plans to develop a new sewage pumpout facility at Priest Lake near the city of Coolin.

Illinois- $50,000- The state plans to construct up to five sewage pumpout facilities at private marinas in its inland waters.

Indiana- $104,458- The state plans to construct four sewage pumpout stations throughout the state and to continue its education program for recreational boaters. Two of the new stations are proposed for either the Ohio River or Lake Michigan waters.

Kentucky- $74,377- The state plans to construct up to four sewage pumpout stations and continue its education program to inform recreational boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal. The state plans to put two new pumpout facilities on Herrington Lake and at Craigs Creek on the Ohio River.

Louisiana- $333,000- The state plans to develop as many as seven sewage pumpout facilities throughout the state. These include six in coastal areas and one in inland waters. The state will continue its education with recreational boaters.

Maine- $294,920- The state plans to construct as many as ten sewage pumpout stations at private and public marinas and to provide operation and maintenance funds for pumpout stations previously installed with Clean Vessel Act program funds. The state will also continue its efforts to educate boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Maryland-$655,000- The state plans to install seventeen new sewage pumpout stations and replace or upgrade twelve existing facilities in coastal waters. Additionally, the state will continue its education program for recreational boaters and will also provide operations and maintenance funds for facilities previously installed with Clean Vessel Act program funds.

Massachusetts- $1,000,000- The state plans to renovate or install new sewage pumpout stations at ten facilities along the coast including in Plum Island Sound and Salem Sound. Grant funds will also be used to replace up to seven motors on sewage pumpout boats. The state will also continue its education program for recreational boaters.

Michigan- $200,000- The state plans to install as many as ten sewage pumpout stations at private marinas throughout the Great Lakes. Additionally the state plans to continue its educational program for recreational boaters.

Minnesota- $29,206- The state plans to install a new sewage pumpout station on the St. Croix River in Washington County.

Missouri- $36,000- The state plans to install three new sewage pumpout facilities throughout the state and to continue its effort to inform recreational boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Nevada- $16,452- The state plans to assist with the installation of a new sewage pumpout facility at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor on Lake Mead.

New Hampshire- $131,175- The state plans to install two new sewage pumpout facilities including one at either Lake Winnipesaukee or Lake Sunapee, as well as providing operation and maintenance funding for other facilities installed previously with program funds. The state will also continue its educational program for recreational boaters.

Ohio- $173,224- The state plans to install two new sewage pumpout facilities. One is planned for the Chagrin River near the town of Eastlake and one is planned for a marina on Lake Erie near Cleveland. The state will also continue its efforts to educate boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Oklahoma- $17,784- The State will install a new pumpout facility at Lake Murray.

Oregon- $393,160- The state plans to install as many as fifteen sewage pumpout stations and one floating restroom throughout the states coastal and inland waters. The state also plans to continue its efforts to educate boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Rhode Island- $384,000- The state plans to install 21 new sewage pumpout facilities and purchase a sewage pumpout boat. The state will also continue its educational program for recreational boaters.

Tennessee- $239,011- The state plans to install sewage pumpout stations primarily in the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland River systems throughout the state. In addition, the state will continue its efforts to educate boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Texas- $771,351- The State will construct six sanitary pump-out facilities for recreational boating at coastal marina facilities, renovate six existing restrooms, construct four new restrooms located adjacent to coastal public boat ramps and continue a boater education program regarding waste disposal. In addition, the state plans to pursue partnerships with local governments and other state agencies to provide pump-out facilities where there are already water-based recreation opportunities such as parks, marinas or boat ramps

Utah- $105,000- The state plans to assist with the replacement of a sewage pumpout station at Cedar Springs Marina on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Virginia- $928,125- The state plans to install twenty-eight sewage pumpout stations, one floating restroom and purchase one sewage pumpout boat for its inland and coastal waters. Additionally, the state will continue its efforts to educate boaters about the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.

Washington- $1,000,000- The state plans to install sewage pumpout facilities throughout the state on its inland and coastal waters. In addition, the state will continue its educational program for recreational boaters.

Wisconsin- $45,000- The state plans to install three sewage pumpout facilities on inland waters and the Great Lakes with the program awards.